Eating in the UK can be a delight, with excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs with creative menus. Sometimes however, particularly when travelling, or at a tourist attraction with a child, we have been faced with very little choice other than deep fried or pastry based snacks such as sausage rolls, burgers, nuggets and hot dogs. Whilst these are rightly hugely popular snacks, we became bored with the choices offered, and concerned about the health of fried food. In particular we found menus offered to our child were often limited. We decided we had to create a hot snack food to go that was delicious, fast and easy to prepare in volume, and easy to serve and eat on the go.
After four years of R&D with support from The Food Centre Wales, the Ninkee spiral bun has now been launched. The Ninkee is created from traditional yeast dough, wound into a spiral and steamed to create a fluffy bun filled with anything we want! Unlike pastry, the saturated fat in the Ninkee bun is very low, and because it is steamed and not baked, there is no crust. Great for children!
The Ninkee has taken 4 years to develop, and we have published a patent application, and registered the design. Details of our intellectual property are available here.
We have our own factory in West Wales close to the Cardigan coast, and distribute of products from our marketing base near Bournemouth.
Our first fillings are traditional favourites such as chilli con carne, Welsh rarebit cheese, bolognaise, and spicy bean. We will soon expand this to include a breakfast bun, a dessert range, and a gourmet range.
Ninkees are made by us in our dedicated food processing unit in rural West Wales.
Our business park is part of Food Centre Wales and we have developed our products and processes with support and advice from the Food Centre.
Ninkee makes all its own fillings using raw ingredients from selected suppliers. The fillings are fully cooked before being deposited into the cooked buns and sealed in with a sponge batter plug. The filled buns are blast frozen before being sealed into wrappers and packed for distribution. There are 18 process steps to make a Ninkee!